KARACHI - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said Parliament is the supreme institution and if someone wants either Prime Minister or the President to go, he must follow the procedure laid down in the Constitution.

He was speaking to the media at the Mazar-e-Quaid-e-Azam here on Sunday. Accompanied by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Federal Cabinet ministers including Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, who resigned as the information minister on Sunday but later withdrew it, the Prime Minister laid floral wreath at the Mazar-e-Quaid to pay homage and respect to the Father of the Nation. He also offered fateha and special prayers for the solidarity, progress and prosperity of the country and welfare of the people.

He came to the Mazar after presiding over a dramatic cabinet meeting earlier at the Governor’s House.

Premier Gilani said a procedure had been laid down in the Constitution for the change of the government and any deviation from the set principles would encourage third party to interfere.

The Prime Minister said he had great regard for all the institutions but they all must function within the parameters of the 1973 Constitution.

Prime Minister Gilani said his government had set a parameter for those coming in future by holding a century of cabinet meetings and taking vital decisions of national interests of which almost 80 per cent were implemented.

Prime Minister Gilani said Federal Cabinet meeting in Karachi was a part of the government’s efforts to engage all four provinces. This also gave an opportunity to the people to meet the ministers for getting their problems addressed, he asserted.

The prime minister announced new one-year plan to deal with the burning issues including power, gas loadshedding, railways, steel mills and PIA. He said that 2012 would be devoted to dealing with crises faced by the nation.

PM Gilani pledged in front of Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum that government would respect all institutions including Army and judiciary and resolve all crises confronted by the nation.

“We are a poor nation but we will deliver on our promises within our limits,” Gilani vowed.

PM Gilani praised coalition for standing by the government and pledged to continue politics of reconciliation. “When it comes to national interest, we all stand united,” he added.

When asked, Gilani put the counter question and asked the media to explain what had contributed to Imran Khan’s sudden popularity.

The prime minister also announced award of rupees one million to the children who sang national songs at the Quaid’s mausoleum.

Agencies add: Gilani also wrote his remarks in the visitor’s book at the mausoleum of the Quaid. He declared that 2012 will be devoted to Balochistan to remove sense of deprivation of Baloch people and provide them relief and address their grievances.

Earlier, addressing the 100th meeting of the Federal Cabinet held here in connection with the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Prime Minister Gilani said the elected government following the principles of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was taking all decisions after consulting the elected representatives. He declared that the parliament would complete its five-year term and this would strengthen the democratic institutions.

“It’s an honour for the present government that it has completed its 45 months and it will complete the five-year term mandated by the people of Pakistan,” he said.

He said it is the first federal cabinet of the democratic government that had held 100 meetings in 45 months and on Sunday it had completed the century.

Gilani said it was the best way to pay homage to Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah that the democratic government had completed 45 months.

He said the government took all decisions through consultation in the parliament.

Gilani said the democratic government ensured freedom of the press and independence of judiciary. He said there was no political prisoner in the country today.

“Parliament, judiciary and the army - we respect all three and we want these three institutions to work while remaining within their constitutional limits,” Gilani said.

“We are with them, we fully support them and we have no intention to see the fall of any institution,” he said.

Gilani further said his government was committed to working with all state institutions. “We are the elected people of Pakistan. We should respect the judiciary, we should respect the military, we should respect parliament and we should also respect the media. There is a thin line but we will take all of them along. This is our commitment,” he said.

“Sometimes governments are formed and sometimes they fall. We have fallen and risen several times. It is not a new struggle for us to be in power,” Gilani added.

He said the government had due reverence for the independence of judiciary and gave respect to its decisions by accepting them with an open heart.

Gilani said, “It is the credit of this democratic government that it took the decision to constitute National Finance Commission, passed 18th Amendment and restored the 1973 Constitution in its original form unanimously through the parliament.”

He said following the principles of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah the government took decisions to strengthen the democratic institutions and took the decisions on all important issues through mutual consultation.

The prime minister said the government organised All Parties Conference twice to have consultation on national issues and even invited those politicians having no representation in the Parliament.

He said President Asif Ali Zardari, who surrendered his powers to the Parliament, also addressed the joint session of the parliament three times which, he said, was another record in the parliamentary history as none of his predecessors had fulfilled this constitutional requirement.

Referring to the foreign policy, Gilani said in line with the principles of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the democratic government adopted the policy to have relations with all the countries including its neighbours with honour and dignity.

On Kashmir, the prime minister said, “The government has very clear policy on Kashmir issue and wants to resolve it in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Kashmir.”

Appreciating the contribution of Pakistan Army in defending the country, the prime minister said the Armed forces had rendered sacrifices to defend its frontiers.

Gilani vowed that sovereignty, integrity and solidarity of the country would be protected at all costs assuring to give any sacrifice for this lofty purpose.

Gilani also constituted a Task Force under the Finance Minister to resolve the problems of the national institutions including PIA, Pepco, Steel Mills and Pakistan Railways.